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UPDATE: Ga. police department asks for ‘prayers’ as search for 9-year-old’s killer continues

By Stephanie Toone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga (CNT)

GBI released more details about the girl’s killing Wednesday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has revealed the details about the killing of a South Georgia 9-year-old as the search for the girl’s killer continues.

Authorities said Wednesday that Alazia Johnson was stabbed at the Peterson Apartments in Tifton, which is less than 100 miles south of Macon. The Tifton Police Department posted a message on its Facebook page to the community regarding the murder investigation late Tuesday.

“We understand everyone’s concern and need for answers as to what has happened to a loved member of our community. At this time, we are not able to release details of the investigation. We ask that everyone be patient as we pull together the evidence and information needed to bring the person or persons responsible for this crime to justice. We ask that you keep the family and friends in prayer.”

A loved one has set up a GoFundMe page, titled Justice for Alazia, for the family to raise money for Alazia’s funeral arrangements. The organizer describes themselves as the 9-year-old’s grandmother.

“I just buried my daughter a few weeks ago so we’re needing as much help as possible and this came as a shock to us all when my granddaughter which was only 9 was tragically murdered today. I ask if you can help in anyway possible please help out, read a message on the GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $6,400 for the girl’s funeral arrangements.

Agents and investigators are actively investigating this incident as a homicide. Alazia’s body was taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur where autopsy results are pending.

The GBI has implored anyone with information to contact the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) or the Tifton Police Department at 229-382-3132.